One of Britain’s largest unions has recommended an official be expelled for antisemitism, after he accused Israel of “inventing or exaggerating the Holocaust”.
In a December 19 hearing, GMB Scotland found language used by Peter Gregson, a shop steward for NHS Lothian, to be “antisemitic and racist in nature”, adding that his claims regarding the Shoah were “simply unacceptable”.
His words were in a petition he started calling on Labour to disregard the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of antisemitism, which was the subject of a huge row between the party and its Jewish supporters over the summer.
In response, Mr Gregson issued a press release saying that Israel is a “racist endeavour”, and it “tends to exaggerate the importance of the Holocaust for its own political ends”.
Both statements are examples the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of antisemitism cites as potential Jew-hate.
GMB, a union of more than 600,000 members, also found that Mr Gregson breached its code of conduct by “making our business known to unauthorised organisations and the media without prior approval”.
It also referred to “targeted attacks” he allegedly made against a young female employee of the union, which it said were “utterly unacceptable and frankly sinister”.
Mr Gregson was suspended from GMB, and its disciplinary committee will make a recommendation to the central executive committee for his permanent expulsion.
Writing to him on December 21, it said: “The committee believes your conduct has brought the union into disrepute and we do not believe you are an appropriate person to be a member of our union.”
Rabbi Ahron Cohen, of the anti-Zionist Neturei Karta Charedi group, attempted to attend the hearing to speak in support of Mr Gregson, but his evidence was not considered.
In a statement after the hearing, Mr Gregson insisted he was not "a Jew hater".
"What I actually said was that Israel was a racist endeavour. I also said that Israel tends to exaggerate the importance of the Holocaust for its own political ends," he said.
So let's be clear here. Peter Gregson didn't 'deny' the Holocaust myth, but he claims that Israel “tends to exaggerate the importance of the Holocaust for its own political ends”, and that Israel is a 'racist endeavor'.
Just for saying this, he is booted from the GMB by racist Jewish supremacists.
And his statements are correct. The Holocaust has been used to justify human rights abuses against Palestinians, and Israhell is a racist hate regime of terror.
5:22 (Ted Cruz) I would suggest that a suggestion that Israel has commited war crimes is particulary offensive, given that the Jewish people suffered under the most horrific war crimes in the Holocaust.